2001 : A Space Odyssey Easter Egg - Daisy

When Dave is pulling out HAL's chips, HAL regresses in time. Eventually, HAL starts singing "Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer please" ("On a Bicycle Built for Two"). This was the first song ever sung by a computer in the real world.

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Brian Damage writes:
This one is TOO easy! How could all of you have missed it? The next line (and most important, in this context) in the song "A Bicycle Built For Two" is: "Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do, I'M HALF CRAZY, all for the likes of you" You learn in 2010, that H.A.L. was given conflicting commands during this mission, and he got caught in a loop. He worked it out as best he could, but in effect, he was "half-crazy"
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Quidsane writes:
Isn't it "Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do?"
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I'm convinced Mr. Clarke is definitely not lying about this. He said in his book "The Lost Worlds of 2001" that neither he nor Stanley Kubrick were aware of the HAL - IBM co-incidence until some-one pointed it out to them, and they would certainly have changed the acronym if they had realized it in time. As a personal in joke, Mr. Clarke also wrote the whole thing into his first sequel novel 2010. Walter Curnow asks Dr. Chandra about it who responds that "we've been trying to stamp that rumour out for years." Too bad they couldn't have written that scene into the movie! (Or if they did, and the footage ended up on the cutting room floor? Hmmmmm...) Mike
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This machine was called 'H A L' as it was supposedly one step behind 'I B M'. It's interesting that Hal's last words were the first words spoken by an IBM machine.
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Boro writes:
The name HAL is an amalgam of "Heuristic" and "ALgorithmic," the two main processes of learning.
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EggGuy writes:
This came up in the book 2010, Hal stands for Heuristic ALgorithmic, the name of the Laboratories that produced the Hal 9000 series model.
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Shawn writes:
If anyone has Bonzi (or another cyber-animal) from NBCi.com, he will occasionally go into a rendition of "Daisy."
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HairyOtter writes:
HAL is one step away from IBM. FACT HAL's last words were IBM's first words. FACT But if Mr Clarke says it is just a coincidence, then I'm sure it is. ATKKRGHS!!!
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LOF666 writes:
it's "I'm half crazy, ALL FOR THE LOVE of you"
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Clavis writes:
Arthur C. Clarke denies that he had the "IBM" connection in mind when he named Hal. Of course, he could have been lying...
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